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Even though our closets hold some of our most important possessions, we inevitably end up neglecting them. So we’re asking clever homeowners and renters to share their time-tested organizing methods that really (really!) work in our new series, Reclaim Your Closet.

We all know that cashmere sweaters should be folded and blazers should be hung, but it seems like no one can agree on pants. Some follow the draped-over-velvet-hangers methods; others roll them into a dresser’s bottom drawer. Those strategies have their flaws—you still have to pull out each pair to see its defining characteristics (hem, size, style), which inevitably creates a mess when you’re in a rush. All the best ideas are found on TikTok these days, and a solution to avoid piling your clothes on that one chair is no exception. The user Crayon Connoisseur has a thought: Use a desktop organizer to house all your favorite pairs.

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Desk Organizer with 5 Sliding Trays, Mind Reader ($20)

The Mind Reader, found on Amazon, is intended for office memos and homework. Yet the five-drawer, perforated metal system also happens to fit a pair of chinos (or denim) perfectly in each tray—just fold them into thirds, notes Crayon Connoisseur. The rack can easily be placed on a closet shelf, and the drawers can be removed completely if you need to make space for thicker styles (like snow pants) or dust under the frame. 


The winning feature? The drawers slide out. So you can decide what you want to wear without unrolling every pair of black jeans you own looking for the one with the knee rips. It does need to be assembled when it arrives, but did we mention that it’s only $20?